Software Engineer - Architecture & Acceleration

Aurora Innovation (View all Jobs)

Mountain View, California

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Interview Process

1. Simplified real-world coding task on 2. Time-boxed take-home assignment 3. Face-to-face meeting with teammates.

Programming Languages Mentioned

C++, Python

Who We Are

Aurora (Nasdaq: AUR) is delivering the benefits of self-driving technology safely, quickly, and broadly. Founded in 2017 by experts in the self-driving industry, Aurora is revolutionizing transportation – making it safer, increasingly accessible, and more reliable and efficient than ever before. Its flagship product, the Aurora Driver, is a platform that brings together software, hardware, and data services, to autonomously operate passenger vehicles, light commercial vehicles, and heavy-duty trucks. Aurora is partnered with industry leaders across the transportation ecosystem including Toyota, Volvo, PACCAR, Uber, Uber Freight, FedEx, and U.S. Xpress. Aurora tests its vehicles in the Bay Area, Pittsburgh, and Texas and has offices in those areas as well as in Bozeman, MT; Seattle, WA; Louisville, CO; and Detroit, MI. To learn more, visit

As a software engineer in the architecture/acceleration group at Aurora, you will be responsible for designing, delivering, and maintaining software systems at the core of our self-driving vehicles. The team works across the autonomy group (localization, perception, planning, controls) and the software organization at large, on high-priority, short-term projects that are cross-functional in nature with the goal of speeding up the delivery of a production autonomous vehicle. Past projects have included managing onboard latency, visualizing autonomy, end-to-end autonomy metrics, performance optimization, and supporting autonomy simulation. Team members collaborate every day with leading experts in machine learning, sensor development, large-scale software systems, simulation, and robotics and have opportunities for advancing the state of autonomous systems and implementing their own groundbreaking ideas.

As a team, we strive to increase the pace of development and amplify our impact by developing systems and components targeted at critical parts of the self-driving problem. We focus on short-term efforts in both leadership and support capacities, while bringing a cross-autonomy perspective to the task at hand, and deploying disciplined engineering, evaluation of data, and rigorous testing. Our goal is to support onboard and off-board software development, with projects including deep performance optimization, visualization, developer and cloud tooling, system architecture, and core algorithm development.

In This Role, You Will

  • Design, develop, and test onboard and off-board autonomy software.
  • Develop tools for increasing the development speed of building autonomy software.
  • Develop tools for introspection, visualization, and performance analysis.
  • Improve the performance of autonomy systems through architectural and algorithmic optimizations

Required Qualifications

  • Experience developing software using C++.
  • Experience developing in a Linux or Unix environment.



Desirable Qualifications 

Experience With: 

  • Python and/or C++ 
  • Robotics
  • Real-Time Systems
  • Cloud Automation
  • Software Architecture
  • API Development
  • User Facing Application Development
  • Machine Learning


Working at Aurora

At Aurora, we bring together people with extraordinary talent and experience united by the strength of our values. We operate with integrity, set outrageous goals, and continue to build a culture where we win together—all without any jerks.

We have offices in 8+ locations across the United States. We offer a competitive benefits package to qualifying employees. Our Career Page includes everything you need to know about working at Aurora.

At the core of everything we do is our commitment to safety. Building best-in-class self-driving technology will take time, and we believe that each employee at Aurora has a role in contributing to safety, every step of the way. Aurora expects commitment to our safety policies from every employee, and seeks candidates who take an active responsibility, can contribute to building an atmosphere of trust, and invest in the organization’s long-term success by prioritizing working safely, no matter what.

We believe that self-driving technology has broad benefits – including an increase in safety and access to transportation – and to achieve those benefits, we want and need a workforce with diverse experiences, insights, and perspectives; said another way, a workforce that reflects the communities and people our technology will benefit. You can find all the latest news on our Blog

Individuals seeking employment at Aurora are considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy status, parent or caregiver status, ancestry, political affiliation, veteran and/or military status, physical or mental disability, or any other status protected by federal or state law. 

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